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The Application System Generator (ASG/pc) offers powerful capabilities for integrating the personal computer into problem-solving in manufacturing engineering. Implemented on Pentium™-class personal computers, it provides an easy-to-use, application-building platform for mathematically based solutions to a variety of engineering problems. The ASG/pc provides a master editor for incrementally developing the complete environment of an entire application. Such an application may entail hundreds of programs, most of which are automatically generated. These programs also include color-coded textual and graphic screen interactions, keyboard control, file management, and access to auxiliary equipment. The ASG/pc is designed for use by the application-domain engineer who will also be the end user of the technology. Facilities are provided for the integration of components developed through teamwork. Two applications of the ASG/pc are described: one is in the domain of rapid-response machining; the second is a system for rapid analysis and redesign of the factory floor. The ASG/pc was designed to facilitate an incremental, self-learning process.
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